Number of tickets sold for the 2012 Olympics: over 9,000,000
Number of spectators expected to attend events: over 500,000 per day
Number of seats in the Olympic stadium: 80,000
Number of athletes: over 10,000
Number of new homes built: 9,000
Number of events: 300
Number of countries competing: 205
Number of US medals at Beijing: 110
Number of Olympic venues: 31
Number of Olympic sports: 26
Number of medals Stanford athletes won in Beijing: 25
Number of condoms bought for Olympic Village: 150,000 (Christian Post) or 100,000 (ESPN).
Percentage of Olympians using said condoms: 70-75% (according to Ryan Lochte)
The Olympics, with their statecraft and pageantry, hardly seem to be a tawdry affair from the outside; this year’s opening ceremony doesn’t seem sexy either. The Olympics mostly conjure images of training fanatics with a monastic dedication to things like throwing a pole.
That image stands in sharp contrast to these figures: 100,000 condoms, 10,000 athletes, 17 days. ESPN tells us that Olympic athletes turn their immense powers of concentration elsewhere after (and before) their events end. The village devolves into a pervy eugenicist’s dream: an orgy of the world’s most genetically-gifted athletes. Hope Solo, who graced the pages of ESPN’s “Body Issue” in her birthday suit, claims to have snuck an unnamed celebrity into the village last time around.
Before long, Foudy says, “it turns into a frat party with a very nice gene pool.” And heaps of stamina. “Athletes are extremists,” Solo says. “When they’re training, it’s laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it’s 20 drinks. With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it’s sexual, partying or on the field. I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.”
One skier tells a story from the Vancouver Games in 2010, when six athletes — “some Germans, Canadians and Austrians” — got together at a home outside the Whistler village. “It was a late-night whirlpool party. It turned into a whirlpool orgy.”